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The Law of Attraction Attracts a Car

I’ve been thinking about getting a car lately.

For several years now, I’ve been getting by without one. I borrow one when I need it. So my car needs, and some of my car wants are met very economically and with minimal environmental impact.

But it cramps my style. I can’t always get car access when I want it, I don’t have convenient and spontaneous use of the car, and there is always the negotiation if if and when I can have car access.

Yes, being car-free has reduced my environmental impact and reduced my expenditures, but it’s wearing thin.

So I was starting to think that maybe I should get myself a car.

From an environmental point of view, I considered the fact that an old cheap car might be the best choice. I don’t drive all that much, so fuel consumption will be minimal, even if consumption per mile is high.

An old car that no one wants any more still comes with it the energy and environmental impact of production - that’s all oil under the bridge.

Then, just last nigh, I heard that a friend of a friend is leaving the country for a year or two, and wants to get rid of her 1993 Chrysler Concord.

Apparently it is in very good shape, no rust, new engine as of 2004, and (surprisingly for a Chrysler) very reliable.

So I’m thinking about it. Probably I will say yes. At minimal cost, I will have access to a car, which would otherwise go for a few parts and scrap metal - a major waste of a car that works.


Comments

2 comments:

If you’re for the environment, a reliable 2nd-hander is definitely the way to go. I was in the same situation as you, wanting a car after going fully 14 years without wheels. I didn’t need one then, it helped the environment and my bank balance.

It may be better for the environment if all the cars we drove were new (technology has improved, so emissions will be down), but the market-economics fact is that *someone* will be driving the reliable 2nd-hander, simply because very few people are willing to throw away a working car when they could sell it.

Therefore it stays on the road, whether it’s driven by someone who really needs it or not.

The argument doesn’t really work if the thing is a heap o’ crap, but some cars just don’t ever quit.

The other thing you can do is go with an insurer like I Buy Eco (www.eco-insurance.org.uk), who offset your emissions making you carbon neutral - paying money to companies on your behalf to plant trees etc. Works for me.

Tobermory / August 24th, 2008, 4:27 am / #

My wife and I have been without a car since my heart attack in 2004. I wasn’t allowed to drive until I passed a stress test, after my first heart attack.

Shortly after my heart attack our lease came up for renewal but because I still hadn’t passed a stress test we decided to let the car go and not get another one.

It is only the past few months that my strength has started to return. I even got to go fishing a few times this season.

We are now ready to get a car again.

It is so much of a pain to try and get rides from place to place. I am sure that adds to my stress. :)

The only things I want in a car, other than my wife and myself, is that it keeps working, and I must be able to fit my two float tubes in the back so I can take friends fishing with me.

So I would say a car is in our future, near future. At least by next fishing season which is April 15, 2009

James Mann / November 10th, 2008, 10:12 am / #

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